South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg investigated over fatal vehicle crash

Jason Ravnsborg South Dakota attorney general speaks during a news conference outside the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. U.S. on Monday Sept. 9 2019

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg investigated over fatal vehicle crash

Ravnsborg, 44, was driving back from the Spink County Lincoln Day Dinner in Redfield around 10:30 p.m. Saturday when he hit something in the road, according to the Department of Public Safety.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported on Monday that South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg had initially told the authorities he thought he had hit a deer when he reported a auto crash that led to the death of a man on Saturday night. However, the body of 55-year-old Joseph Boever was discovered early Sunday morning. He is under investigation by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

A spokesperson for Mr Ravnsborg said he had not been drinking on the night of the crash and that he called 911 immediately after the collision. Bormann told the outlet that his agency will not participate in order to avoid a conflict of interest (it is a part of the Attorney General's Office, and Bormann is Ravnsborg's chief of staff). He also inspected the damage to the vehicle and looked for an injured animal, but did not find one, Ravnsborg said.

The DPS didn't mention if Ravnsborg had stopped his vehicle after the accident.

"I am shocked and filled with sorrow following the events of last night". The Department of Public Safety said the investigation is ongoing.

Mr Ravnsborg's spokesman said the attorney general was driving home from a Republican fundraiser when he struck the pedestrian on US Highway 14. "Law enforcement is working on identifying the deceased and notifying the family". According to the Argus Leader, Ravnsborg has a history of speeding and other minor traffic violations. Boever told his cousin that he had been reaching for some tobacco.

Victor Nemec, the last known person to see Boever, said that besides answering a few brief questions when he identified the body, investigators have not questioned him about what happened.

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